One of the first public testimonials to David Sheen’s work and character is found in Max Blumenthal’s 2013 book GOLIATH: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. Click here to read the chapter where Blumenthal describes meeting Sheen.
Some of the signatories to the journalist letter of solidarity for David Sheen have also added their own testimonials:
David is one of the greatest journalist I ever met, brave, clear and realistic.
David has been an important voice in recent years, reporting on stories that are often ignored. His efforts have, in particular, shone a light on issues of race and xenophobia in Israel.
As the former Middle East Bureau Chief for the New York Times who spent seven years in the region, two of them in Israel, I am deeply disturbed by this defamation suit brought against David Sheen. This suit is part of a broader campaign by the Israeli government to harass and silence the free press in Israel. It includes unwarranted attacks on courageous Israeli and Palestinian journalists as well as the foreign press, as illustrated by the recent decision to ban Al Jazeera.
David Sheen has done some of the most original and important investigative journalism in Israel over the past 10 years. His vital voice must not be silenced.
This is an effort to silence and undermine a critical journalist, and it totally unacceptable.
David Sheen has worked relentlessly and rigorously to uncover the abuses of the Israeli occupation. His work on the affects of occupation on both occupied and occupier are second to none. He is a critical voice in the region that must not be silenced.
I saw David on 11/9/2014 in Berlin, Cafe Coop. He’s a fine, gentle, almost shy intellectual and one of the best of us. Simple as that.
This suit against David Sheen is clearly politically motivated and frivolous, and will only serve to chill free speech and infringe on the rights of journalists. It should be thrown out.
This legal action is a clear attempt to silence the press. The wealthy and corrupt should not be able to use the courts to cover up their abuses.
I stand in solidarity with David Sheen against the powerful, corrupt and warmakers.
I stand in solidarity with David Sheen and condemn any attempts to silence his work and criticism of Israel.
Sheen is a brave journalist working to document racism and intolerance and deserves global support from colleagues.
David is a brilliant, careful and meticulous journalist. His work is a scourge to injustice everywhere, which is why this lawsuit is being brought by a perpetrator of injustice. Full solidarity with my friend and colleague David Sheen.
As a proud Jew, I regard it as imperative that Israel be a nation that favors the greatest possible diversity of opinion. The court is not the place to disagree with journalists: the public square is. Argumentation is what makes our people great. As such, without expressing support or opposition to the statements at hand, I encourage you to dismiss this suit.